Am I Going to Lose "What About Brian?"

I have been watching this show on Monday nights since the very first episode, but I have a bad feeling I am among the too few fans that the show has and that it might not make the cut. Last night ABC pre-empted it for the pilot of a new show about some Irish brothers. Needless to say, I turned off the TV and read a book. If "What About Brian" gets cancelled, it's not because of the quality of the show. The show is excellent. But you know how it works, the ratings game. Just like Matthew Perry's show "Studio 66 on the Sunset Strip" that so many people loved, "What About Brian" is obviously not loved by enough. I hope I am wrong, but I don't think so. Dammit it! :(

The Best Grammy Show Ever

I have been watching the Grammy Awards for almost as long as they have been around, and I have to say that Sunday night's Grammy's was, I do believe, the best one I have ever seen. Though Mary J. took home a ton of awards, and Justin was in top form, I was so glad to see that the show was more soul centered, giving huge, well deserved props to the godfathers and godmothers of music, not just lip service.

I really enjoyed it when Smokey Robinson and Lionel Richey performed. Smokey sent shivers down my spine with his still beautiful voice belting out "Tears of a Clown. But the most impressive performance goes to a young lady who seems to have finally found her true self. Christina Aquilera did a rendition of James Brown's "It's a Man's World" that was almost scary it was so damned good. She received a huge standing ovation. That girl can sing, and I am glad to see that she finally came to her senses and stopped using her body as prop. It wouldn't matter if she weighed 300 pounds, her talent weighs more.

Finding a Niche to Succeed Online

One of the biggest challenges you face when deciding to start an online business, unless you already have a business and you are simply revving things up by going online, is finding your niche. There are so many business opportunities out there, but you can't just jump on the first thing that sounds good, or sign up with a business because the money sounds better than some other kind. It MUST be something you are passionate about, because you are going to eat, breath, and sleep it for a long time if you expect it to be successful. Besides, if you aren't passionate about it the customer will know. It will reflect in your content and your web presence.

Do not fall for those business opportunities that promise you will make $1000 in one day. Oh, please! I am so tired of seeing those, and I wish there were a way to ban the lying dirtbags from the Internet. But that is the beauty of the Internet, it is free enterprise, so it is by nature a buyer beware market. And don't invest money in ANYTHING until you have thoroughly checked out their credentials, talked to others who are in the same business, and know that it is something that gets you excited.

Finding a niche that is not diluted is the main problem I see. For instance, a guy paid me $15 an hour to give him my opinion on his new business website. The first thing I did was investigate similar niches. I quickly discovered that there were at least 4 other people doing the same thing he had in mind, and doing it much more effectively than what he was proposing. First of all, he was charging a subscription fee and giving nothing away. And worse, you had to go through pages of the website and still you could not find out how much the subscription cost without giving your email. I told him that if I were a potential customer, I would have left without ever doing that. Customers want free stuff, even if it's just a newsletter. You have got to give in order to receive, especially in the beginning.

A good place to start if you are trying to decide on your niche is to check out some Internet Marketing Forums--Search Engine Journal has a list of what they consider the best ones--and click on the signatures of some of the members. They are looking for affiliates left and right. But as I said, just be careful, and make sure you do your homework.

If you follow this advice, you will be able to find your niche and be thrilled at the prospect of having your own exciting and successful online business.

Anna Nicole Smith Dies at 39

I couldn't believe it when Katie Couric came on TV with the news that Anna Nicole Smith had died. Anna was from Mexia, Texas, just a few miles down the road from where I grew up. I have always had mixed feelings about Anna, I saw her as a lost soul, but I thought she made some really stupid decisions. It looks like those decisions were finally the death of her. I feel bad about her dying, I really do. I don't think Anna was a bad person, I honestly believe that her looks were her ultimate downfall. I am sad to hear this news. I was hoping that she would recover from the death of her son, but I understand on a very personal level the pain she was going through due to that. Rest in peace, Anna.